Title - Numero Uno
Artist - Andre Ferreri Quintetto
For those not in the know, launching his career after a year at Berklee College of Music touring, New York born, Charlotte NC based guitarist Andre Ferreri has a resume as expansive, freewheeling and genre transcendent as his compositional and playing style.
Over the decades, hes worked professionally with an array of pop, soul and jazz legends.
For 12 years, he led contemporary jazz ensemble Airstream as the main outlet for his eclectic original material and he is first call guitarist for his hometown Charlotte Symphony.
His compositions have appeared on TV shows, in films and commercials and for years he produced soundalike tracks for the karaoke company Sound Choice.
In 2008, Ferreri co-founded Laser Records, a label created to help musicians promote their music.
For all these vast accomplishments, nothing thrills Ferreri more or makes him feel more creative, expressive and vibrant - than when he gets back to the traditional jazz and swing that shifted his sensibilities early on from 70s classic rock to modern and traditional jazz.
His perfectly titled latest album Numero Uno (out May 31st via the aforementioned Laser Records) attributed to the Euro sounding Andre Ferreri Quintetto - brings him full circle and is the culmination of the past four-five years of his life.
Indeed, he laid the foundation for his full-fledged return to traditional jazz with his 2015 album Tributes, which included a song dedicated to Joe Pass.
1. Mighty Fine
3. Uptown Swing
4. Numero Uno
5. Avia Pervia
6. We Were All Children
7. Good Bones
8. On The Move
9. Making Major Changes
10. Making Minor Changes
11. Love Letter to Mary
Opening these eleven, all-new all original tracks is the drumtastic Mighty Fine and the smooth groove of Seasons and then we get treated to the funky, and veritable barnburner Uptown Swing, the precisely cultivated elegance of the title track, the foot-tapping, mid-tempo shuffle of Avia Pervia and then the ornate beauty of We Were All Children is bestowed upon us.
Next up is the underground jazz vibe of Good Bones and the upbeat, fervid melodies of On The Move, which are in turn backed by the mellow jazz of both Making Major Changes and Making Minor Changes, with the album coming to an all-too-soon close on the mesmeric hipsway of Love Letter to Mary.
Other longtime associates that form the core Quintetto include acoustic bassist Anna Stadlman and pianists Mark Stallings, Phillip Howe and Sean Higgins. Stallings also plays the Hammond B-3 on Uptown Swing.
Ferreri worked for the first time with Kobie Watkins, a well-traveled world class drummer who has skinned for everyone from Kurt Elling and Arturo Sandoval to Sonny Rollins.
Ferreri chose to name his group the Italian version of quintet because the project has a Euro-Italian feel to it and he wanted to pay homage to both his heritage and the inspiration he found in Italy.
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